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The McClure Gallery of the VAC is an exhibition venue for professional artists, community based artists, and young emerging artists.  The gallery serves a strong educational function in the community, encouraging public appreciation of contemporary art through seminars, lectures and tours.  Accompanying exhibition catalogues are published when funding is available.

While the gallery mostly serves the Montreal and Quebec visual arts community, it welcomes submissions from further afield. We also welcome proposals from guest curators, through our Curatorial Programme.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm
Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
* Closed Sunday and Monday
* Closed in July and August

McClure Gallery Season 2023 – 2024 

Exhibitions & Public Programming Winter 2024

Melza Harvey, 2BC OM1, 2023, hand-built, stoneware, glaze, automobile support backing plates. 30.5cm x 13cm x 25.5cm.

Melza Harvey – Craft Mechanix

Exhibition: January 12 to February 17, 2024
Vernissage and artist-guided gallery tour:  January 11 at 6 pm
“The Nuts and Bolts of Clay” Art Hive with the artist: February 17, 10:30 am to 1 pm
“Breaking Stereotypes” participatory performance: February 17, 3 pm to 5 pm

 

In Craft Mechanix, Melza Harvey fuses soft, lustrous, organic curves in ceramic with rigid, symmetrical, rusted metal pieces to create sculptures that express her/their personal experience with gender fluidity. Using cosmetics and auto parts, materials that thoughtfully reference the artist’s parents’ professions as a mechanic and a cosmetologist, Melza creates a visual language that melds opposing materials and forms. With this work, the artist explores the complexities of gender identity and reconciles the impact of gender norms with her/their experience of growing up in rural Nova Scotia in the 1990s.

Marie-Danielle Duval, Roses, Snakes, Green Silk, 2023, Acrylic on wood panel, 127 x 152 cm

Marie-Danielle Duval – Monstresse

Exhibition: March 1 to April 6, 2024
Vernissage and artist-guided gallery tourFebruary 29 at 6 pm
Art Hive with the artist ‘Making Fiction Real’: April 6 from 10:30 am to 1 pm

 

In this exhibition the artist uses the monster as a visual trope to analyse her sense of identity, embracing the idea of the monster as a figure that represents the limitless. Inspired by literary references, the works depict black female characters in surrealist spaces. These paintings, the fruit of the artist’s ‘sociological imagination’, arouse empathy and introspection.

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